Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery

Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery

by Susan Juby
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Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite YA novel. Susan Juby is brilliant at writing about serious subject matter with humor and grace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book recently an i loved it so much it was awesome
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Sherman Mack likes sophomore Dini Trioli. He thinks he stands a chance with her; at least he thought he did, until uber-cool Lester Broadside moves in and shows an interest in her. Sherman gives up his dream of Dini until he thinks she's on a collision course of being D-listed. D- Listed = defiled. At Harewood Tech, there is an unspoken tradition of girls being D-listed. Simultaneously, pictures appear in the bathrooms and the photographed girl is marked as bad news, forever tainted and shunned at the school. With his precious Dini possibly marked, Sherman takes on the job of secret surveillance to uncover who is behind the defiling. Sherman enlists the aid of a ragtag group of friends. He is convinced Lester is behind the defiling, and seeks out girls who have been D-listed in the past. Everything comes to an unbelievable conclusion at a dinner party Sherman has to host at school. I LOVED Sherman Mack. He's the epitome of freshman geek-turned-cool-guy by the end of the story. I'm dating myself here, but I can picture a young Anthony Michael Hall (think Sixteen Candles) portraying Sherman in a movie version. Just picturing someone like that hiding in Ben's mother's closet with the Trophy Wives trying on clothes and shoes makes me laugh out loud even now. GETTING THE GIRL was originally published as a hardcover in 2008 but was re-released in paperback in 2010. Whichever version you pick up, be prepared for a fun romp of freshman boy detecting!
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bella_aire More than 1 year ago
Getting the Girl, first and foremost, has a fantastic central character. He's a chivalrous, wannabe lady's man who will stop at nothing to defend a girl's honor. (Did I mention he's an aspiring chef?) However, despite his valiant efforts, he often finds himself in need of being rescued by the very females he tries to defend. As if the nerdy (and completely lovable) protagonist isn't enough to keep the reader's attention, the book is, at some points, laugh-out-loud funny, while it easily becomes serious, addressing the stupidity and effect of the social atmosphere of high school on girls and guys both. While it lacks the certain "edge-of-your-seat-excitement" many mystery novels have, it easily kept my attention and had me trying to figure out exactly who was responsible for the "defiling." Although I thoroughly enjoyed Getting the Girl I was slightly disappointed with the solving of the mystery. By the time the novel comes to a close, the reader still doesn't have sufficient evidence to even begin to guess who is guilty. Instead, the main suspects have been ruled out. While the eventual uncovering of the defiler is interesting and in no way compromised the overall attitude I have towards the book, I felt as though the book wasn't really a "mystery." Rather it was just a comedy of errors and feeble attempts at private investigation. (As a fair statement, I must nearly always find something I don't like in a book. Therefore, the fact that the only thing that stuck out was that it didn't really stay in keeping with the genre means something.) All in all I had a great time reading Getting the Girl and I especially enjoyed Juby's witty humor. I would definitely recommend reading Getting the Girl and I can't wait to read more of Juby's work! Thanks for reading, Karilee P.S. - Seeing as I have an odd obsession with music, for every book I read I usually find a song that either reminds me of the book or that I just listened to frequently while I was reading it. I'd like to share them with you by putting them in my reviews. For Getting the Girl, the song was "The Great Beyond" by R.E.M. From now on I'll just put them right before my signature, listing title then artist. This review was first written for the Not So Closet Geek review site:
SJKessel More than 1 year ago
Juby, S. (2008). G<span style="font-style:italic;">etting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery</span>. New York: HarperTeen. 9780060765255 Not to be confused with (My future husband) Markus Zusak's YA novel <span style="font-style:italic;">Getting the Girl</span> which focuses on the relationship between two Australian brothers, THIS <span style="font-style:italic;">Getting the Girl</span> is set in a school where girls are occasionally declared "defiled" and considered ghostly outcasts. Fearing that his crush may be the next girl to be defiled, ninth grader, Sherman Mack decides to investigate who does the defiling and why. Humorous and well written, this mystery reminded me of the works of John Green (another would-be husband, but alas, he didn't wait for me and has already gotten married), but a little younger and a little lighter. The book includes quirky characters, many great lines and some social commentary. One of the other things that I also like about this book is that not all of the characters are assumed to be middle class. Sherman doesn't know who his father is and his mom is a bartender interested in burlesque dancing (Quirky!) who got pregnant when she was sixteen. Juby seemed to do a good job of writing from a boy's perspective. Of course, my ability to judge this is limited, what with not being a boy either. Most of Sherman's masculinity is expressed through being attracted to various female characters. Despite that, this book is begging to be examined in terms of the way gender is constructed.(particularly since girls are often considered potential victims). While I think this book would be perfect for eighth or ninth graders, the length of the book (341 pages) could scare a lot of students that age away. But at the same time, not many eleventh or twelfth graders will want to read about a ninth grader. Plus a few secondary characters smoke pot, another character is a dealer. Activities to do with the book: Since the word defiled is used to describe the girls cast out of the high school social scene, a great project would be to research the significance of the word defiling among different cultures and ethnic groups. Who or what gets defiled in different societies and why? Does the fact that only girls had been 'defiled' previously at the start of the novel seem significant thinking both historically and in contemporary society? (As a side note, I went to the OED (Oxford English Dictionary: the super-dictionary for super-nerds which considers word origin and shifts in meaning). Apparently, the word 'defile' has been around in English since the 1400s.) Also, after reading this book and given the right context, maybe a teacher could provoke an honest conversation about school cliques in schools within literature circles. They can consider how socio-economic status influence the popularity and power of various characters. This book could start a discussion on the theme of transgression in literature, since Sherman transgresses gender roles and social groups. If a teacher ever examined mystery and detective novels with high school students, this novel could be paired with a Raymond Chandler novel, the movie Brick, or the TV show Veronica Mars, or other detective narrative. For more reviews, visit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Getting the girl is one of my favorite books.the book bascilly leads you through a high school year. The parties,the girls,the boys,the kissing,sometimes the bedroom. Even through sherman gets his a** kicked tons of times he dosent give up,snd even through his best friend gets dini,it dont matter,he gots himself a new lust. And at the end,he figuee out he got eveything he wanted.